Magazine article Screen International

'Arrival' Lands Top of the UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Arrival' Lands Top of the UK Box Office

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Propelled by strong reviews, Arrival dethroned Doctor Strange to land top of the UK box office.

eOne's sci-fisoared with a strong non-final $3.63m (£2.92m) debut from its 561 sites, including $441,000 (£354,052) in previews. It's worth noting that its Fri-Sun tally of $3.19m (£2.56m) would have also seen it chart top.

That marks the best-ever UK opening for director Denis Villeneuve, surpassing Sicario's $1.99m (£1.6m) from 434 sites, which included $274,000 (£219,737) in previews.

Prisoners is currently Villeneuve's best-ever UK performer with $9.1m (£7.3m). Arrival will hope to continue to prosper, despite Fantastic Beasts landing this Friday (November 18), to challenge that tally.

Also for eOne, The Girl On The Train journeyed to an extra $595,000 (£477,110) for $28.5m (£22.9m) to date, surpassing Gone Girl's final UK haul, while The Light Between Oceans added $282,000 (£226,094) for $1.73m (£1.39m) after two weeks.

Currently playing in 217 sites, I, Daniel Blake grossed a further $216,000 (£173,174) for an impressive $3.17m (£2.54m) after four weeks in play.

The BFG has now amassed $38m (£30.51m).


Doctor Strange fell a respectable 32% on its way to a $2.92m (£2.34m) third weekend as it dropped to second.

Disney's latest Marvel offering has now conjured up $24.4m (£19.58m) after 20 days in play and, as expected, has overtaken Iron Man to become the second-biggest Marvel original offering (not a sequel).

Overall, it is currently the eighth biggest Marvel outing, but it will soon surpass Thor: The Dark World ($25.1m/£20.13m) and Iron Man 2 ($26.4m/£21.18m).

Also for Disney, Finding Dory and Pete's Dragon stand at $53.3m (£42.75m) and $6.44m (£5.17m), respectively.


Trolls dropped only 9% (and rose 22% on Saturday) with a non-final $2.26m (£1.81m) fourth weekend as it fell to third.

Fox's latest DreamWorks Animation outing is now up to a healthy $24.1m (£19.32m) and will soon overtake Kung Fu Panda's $25.3m (£20.29m) result. Next in its sights: Monsters Vs Aliens ($26.6m/£21.37m).

Also for Fox, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children added $213,000 (£170,924) for $15.2m (£12.16m) to date, making it Tim Burton's fourth-best UK result.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stands at $1.68m (£1.35m) after three weeks in play.


The Accountant fell 33% as it dropped to fourth with a $1.27m (£1.02m) second weekend.

Warner Bros' action thriller has now accumulated $4. …

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